Reader's View: Facts ignored in claims of conspiracy
Expect this hype to be milked as the election nears, regardless of Sussman’s legal exoneration, to accuse Democrats and exonerate Trump.
Lately, Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump have been rehashing a debunked conspiracy theory claiming Hillary Clinton hired hackers to get into Trump’s computer servers and plant fake evidence about Russian collusion. Special counsel John Durham’s investigation charged that an attorney working for Clinton, Michael Sussman, gave a false statement to the FBI, including new information about a 2016 meeting between him and the CIA in which Sussmann relayed information about another client of his, a technology executive. Although Sussman was found not guilty, this raised concerns about internet traffic data from servers associated with Trump and the White House.
However, Fox News host Jesse Watters used this information to claim Trump’s internet servers had been hacked to falsely accuse Trump of colluding with Russia. Watters spread this unsubstantiated allegation across the Internet as if it was true.
However, PolitiFact determined in February that Durham’s filing never alleged what Watters claimed. Instead, PolitiFact discovered that what Watters said isn’t even by the Durham filing. The filing doesn’t even mention hacking.
The information Sussmann shared with the CIA referred to times before Trump was in office, when President Barack Obama was in the White House. Trump did not become president until Jan 20, 2017, when Clinton’s campaign no longer existed. The Durham filing said nothing about Clinton-backed hackers placing false evidence on Trump’s computer to frame him for collusion.
Archives of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, and other news outlets prove this story was not ignored. Watters’ non-existent facts show the Republican accusations as nothing but fake news.
Expect this hype to be milked as the election nears, regardless of Sussman’s legal exoneration, to accuse Democrats and exonerate Trump. But real fact-checkers report the real truth.
Peter W. Johnson